Wallyball may have roots in an earlier game known as Deckerball, which used similar mechanics and was played as early as 1972. In Kansas, Illinois, a high school physical education teacher and a couple of students sat down to create a game that combined several skills from other games that would be used for indoor play during bad weather situations. By combining handball, tennis, and volleyball, they arrived at the game known as Deckerball (after one of the students involved in its creation, Mark Decker).

The word "wallyball" is a portmanteau of the words "wall" and "volleyball".

Wallyball has been played at Sun City Oro Valley for decades. It is one of our oldest clubs.